Secondary education

Why study Secondary education?

We offer graduate diploma and Masters-level programs for graduates of other disciplines who want a teaching qualification. Complete the Middle Years program at the Shepparton campus largely online in only nine months or the Masters program (P-12) at Albury-Wodonga in 18 months.

As a La Trobe graduate you may be eligible for our 10% Alumni Advantage when you apply for a full-fee postgraduate coursework program.

Career opportunities

Our teaching courses are accredited with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. Graduates of the graduate-entry teaching degree are qualified to teach in schools and other education and training bodies in Australia and overseas (subject to registration). Those with postgraduate teaching qualifications are highly regarded for their detailed knowledge of curriculum and their highly developed teaching skills. Secondary school teachers may also work in industry, TAFE, community organisations, private tutoring, consultancies, personnel training, administration and public relations.


Local students


Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Duration :
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent, 1.5 years accelerated
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (February)
About this course
You'll graduate well versed in the diverse academic and developmental needs of young people. You'll gain discipline expertise to teach across the stages of schooling, with specialisation in one or a combination of the following disciplines:
- English
- History
- Geography
- Business Studies
- Mathematics
- Science (including Physics, Chemistry and Biology)
- Visual Arts
- Health/Physical Education
- Outdoor Education
- Humanities
- English as a Second Language
- Design and Technology
- Vocational Education and Training.
The design of the program reflects the school year to allow you to undertake ongoing school experience and ensure the opportunity to integrate knowledge of teaching and learning into practice.
Grade Point Average (GPA) at 4 (credit)

Applicants undertaking the Master of Teaching must hold a Bachelor degree or approved equivalent in a relevant discipline area/s for primary or secondary teaching as per the National Program Standards and the Victorian Institute of Teaching. For secondary teaching students must qualify in two separate teaching areas from the following list:
Technology Studies
Physical Education
Outdoor Education
Visual Arts

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
The Master of Teaching is delivered through blended online learning and 15 days of face-to-face classes (three five-day intensives at our Bendigo, Melbourne & Albury/Wodonga campuses). Students must be prepared to travel to any of these campuses for methods and orientation.

All applicants must complete and submit a Personal Statement. Your statement must include information in relation to the following personal attributes: motivation to teach; interpersonal and communication skills; personal strengths; and learning goals.
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How to apply

Applications for 2017 will open later this year. To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:

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How to apply?

Methods of application vary from course to course. Please see the course entry above for details of how to apply for the course you are interested in.

Fees and scholarships

Some postgraduate courses are fee-paying which means that you pay the full cost of the course (FEE-HELP is available). Others offer Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) – where the Commonwealth Government subsidises the cost of your course and you pay a contribution (HECS-HELP is available).

Students enrolled for certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support.

You may be eligible for a Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship, which offers a 20% reduction on postgraduate course fees.

International students

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How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Secondary education placements

Students studying a teaching qualification do between 60 and 65 days (or 100 days for Masters program) of practical experience in a variety of schools including government, Catholic, independent, rural and metropolitan.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. View all staff from the School of Education.